Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Can F1 team mates be real mates? Why not, say McLaren drivers
Can team mates be good mates in Formula One? McLaren rookie Lando Norris and Spaniard Carlos Sainz see no reason why not -- even if others have their doubts about how long that will last once the stakes are raised. History suggests that when drivers are fighting for race wins and championships, and enjoy equal status in the same competitive cars, then real friendship is often the first casualty.
Fox storms home in 29 shots to equal back nine record at British Open
Ryan Fox equaled the record for the lowest back nine at a British Open when he stormed home in 29 strokes at Royal Portrush on Thursday. The world number 107, who is the son of former All Blacks flyhalf Grant Fox, was three over par after 11 holes and there were few signs of the fireworks that were to come.
Australian GP to stay in Melbourne until 2025
Melbourne's Albert Park circuit will continue to host the Australian Grand Prix until at least the end of 2025, Formula One said on Thursday. It said a two-year contract extension with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation was signed in London.
WTA roundup: Tig upsets Sevastova in Bucharest
Patricia Maria Tig stunned top-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the BRD Bucharest Open in Romania. The 24-year-old Romanian recorded 31 winners against 20 unforced errors while winning in 1 hour, 43 minutes. Sevastova, the defending champion from Latvia, had 27 winners and 27 unforced errors.
McIlroy's shocking start all too predictable
Another poor start by Rory McIlroy at a major championship on Thursday hardly shocked some former players who used the words "choke" and "inexcusable" to describe the Northern Irishman's performance in the British Open first round on Thursday. McIlroy's eight-over-par 79 included a quadruple-bogey at the first hole at Royal Portrush in McIlroy's home country.
MLB roundup: Padres' Paddack nearly no-hits Marlins
Padres rookie right-hander Chris Paddack had a no-hitter through seven innings before giving up a home run in San Diego's 3-2 win over the host Miami Marlins on Wednesday. Starlin Castro homered to lead off the eighth for Miami's first hit.
U.S. fans at heart of growing Arsenal fan protests
Arsenal fan websites in the United States are playing a pivotal role in a protest campaign against the club's owners as a petition demanding change surpassed 100,000 signatures on Thursday, three days after launching. Sixteen supporters' groups, three from the U.S., came together to launch the "#WeCareDoYou" campaign in response to "poor leadership" from owner Stan Kroenke and Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (KSE), declaring the Premier League club to be in need of "meaningful action" to "reinvigorate" it.
Two horses killed in training collision at Del Mar
Two horses died when they collided at California's Del Mar racetrack on Thursday. "We are sad to confirm two horses, Charge A Bunch and Carson Valley, suffered fatal injuries after a collision during morning training," read a post on the track's Twitter page. "We are deeply sorry for the horses and their owners, trainers, riders and grooms. "
Report: Raptors G Lowry undergoes thumb procedure
Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry underwent a procedure to repair a tendon in his left thumb, but he still plans on being available for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, ESPN reported. Lowry is not expected to miss USA Basketball's mini-camp to be held Aug. 5-9 at Las Vegas. He last played for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics and is one of 20 players invited to the mini-camp for the current team.
Holmes sets pace as McIlroy cards nightmare 79 at Open
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods endured miserable first rounds at the British Open on Thursday with American J.B. Holmes ending in the lead after shooting a five under-par 66 at Royal Portrush. McIlory disappointed the home support with the home favourite carding an eight-over-par 79 while a stiff-looking Woods was nothing like the player who won the Masters in April as he laboured to seven-over.